I have been coming to Gymboree with my son for a few years now and we love it. We began our journey in Gymboree Art classes and now we have moved onto School Skills. Teaching school skills to children is so important and has truly helped my son get ready for preschoolers play. I have enjoyed every class throughout our experience. Besides meeting great friends, I have also learned how to play with my son and have refreshed my memory of songs. I have recommend Gymboree to all my friends and I am very grateful there is a site in my area. Thanks Gymboree OKC!
Class Type: School Skills & Art
City: Oklahoma City
Not only is the learning experience enhanced when children and adults solve problems together, it is also enriched when children are actively engaged with each other. Many children need to observe each other first before feeling comfortable enough to try a new art process. It can be difficult at first when your toddler begins to express his newfound independence, especially in a group setting with peers. However, it is the group setting that allows opportunity for your child to “socialize.”
Art activities provide tangible tools for expression. Toddlers enjoy expressing their independence and use objects to do so when in the presence of others. For example, when coloring, the process of holding onto a crayon as a personal possession is just as enjoyable as discovering what it can do. Rest assured that even if your toddler decides to hold onto a crayon instead of coloring with it, he is satisfying an emotional need and learning something through observation.
Learning to leverage independence around adults and eventually collaborate with peers is critical for toddlers. Art provides a perfect arena to build skills needed for social competence. Plan opportunities for you and your child to create with others and make sure there are plenty of supplies to go around.
Whether it’s your child’s need for expression to discover the magnitude her actions make, or to exert independence with the materials she selects, art experiences influence a child’s emotional development in a unique and valuable way. In the words of Elliot Eisner, “Art is, ultimately, not for art’s sake; it is for the sake of all of us.”
At Gymboree Play & Music we have Art classes for children ages eighteen months through five years of age. Please look at our Art classes and find a class and location that is best for you and your child.